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					features, including:

      25 megabytes of email storage
      10 megabyte message size limit
      Ability to send up to 10 attachments per email
      POP Access and Forwarding
      Archiving of email messages to a hard drive for offline access
      Ability to send messages from Yahoo! Mail using other email domains
      200 blocked addresses and 50 filters to help screen unsolicited emails
      No promotional taglines in messages
      No account expiration.

The launch of Yahoo! Mail Plus is part of Yahoo!'s strategic initiative to offer premium services
that deliver innovative, reliable and relevant services to consumers", said Geoff Ralston, senior
vice president, Yahoo! Network Services, and creator of the original Yahoo! Mail technology in
1997. "In just five years, Yahoo! Mail has grown from one million to tens of millions of users,
illustrating how consumers have made e-mail an essential part of their daily lives. Through
Yahoo! Mail Plus, Yahoo! continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation by offering
consumers the industry's most complete and powerful e-mail solution.

On April 1, 2004, Google announced a free webmail with 1 gigabyte of storage. Though Gmail,
Google's email service, offered a large amount of storage, its invitation-only accounts kept the
other webmail services at the forefront. Most of the major webmail providers like Yahoo! Mail,
Hotmail, and AOL followed Google's lead and increased their mailbox storage considerably.
Yahoo! was the first provider to announce 100 MB of storage for basic accounts and 2 GB of
storage for premium users.[13] Determined not to lose customers, Yahoo! Mail then countered
Hotmail and Google by increasing the storage quota of its free email accounts to 1 GB, and
eventually removing a storage limit altogether and allowing unlimited storage.

On July 9, 2004, Yahoo! acquired Oddpost, a webmail service that simulated a desktop email
client like Microsoft Outlook. Oddpost had new features such as drag-and-drop support, right-
click menus, RSS feeds, a preview pane, and increased speed, using email caching to shorten
response time, and many of these features were incorporated into an updated Yahoo! Mail

On August 30, 2007, Walter Mossberg wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Yahoo! would be
releasing the new version over the next few weeks.[15] On September 17, 2010 Yahoo showed off
the new Mail program to reporters.[16]

Yahoo! Mail Classic
Screenshot of Yahoo! Mail Classic.

Yahoo! Mail Classic was the original interface for Yahoo! Mail. Although the default interface is
now "Minty", Mail Classic is still available for users who prefer to use the legacy style interface,
advanced search function (that does not exist in the "New Yahoo Mail") or for those whose
computers don't match the system requirements for the New Yahoo Mail. In March 2009,
Yahoo! Mail Classic integrated Yahoo! Messenger into its interface so people can chat and email
at the same time. Then in mid-2011, Yahoo began a new initiative to implement an unsolicited
redirect of Classic Mail users to the new Yahoo Mail. However, users can still revert to Classic
Mail by explicitly launching Classic Mail at the following URL:

Yahoo! Mail (2007 release)

Screenshot of Yahoo! Mail
(2007 release).

In September 2005, Yahoo! began beta testing a significantly enhanced version of their email
service which was designed to mimic a heavy mail client like Outlook. It featured drag-and-drop
capabilities, advanced search, advanced keyboard shortcuts, address auto-complete, tabbed
emails, and more. The new Yahoo! Mail also came with an integrated version of Yahoo!
Messenger; as a result, users were able to chat with Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live
Messenger contacts while reading their email. On August 26, 2007, the new Yahoo! Mail came
out of beta period, and became the default interface.

Underlying technologies

The new Yahoo Mail was based on Ajax scripting acquired from Oddpost, (JavaScript and
XML), along with new philosophical approaches to email, including the Oddpost design
philosophy (which Google made heavy use of in Gmail): Given that the new Yahoo! Mail was
based on Oddpost, it featured the same underlying code base, including the implementation of
this design concept to minimize the amount of data sent during an email session by creating a
JavaScript UI engine on the client side and sending "Datapacks" instead of reloading the whole
interface on every click like a traditional webmail service[17] (e.g. traditional Yahoo! Mail). This
made the service much faster than its counterparts. However, unlike Oddpost, the new Yahoo!
Mail ran on a variety of operating systems and browsers, and ran perfectly under Internet
Explorer 7 and Firefox. On February 13, 2008, Yahoo! announced on the Yahoo! Mail blog that
it would begin supporting version 3 of the Mac OS X default browser Safari, as well as the Mac
versions of Firefox.[18]


The public beta of the new Yahoo! Mail began in late 2006. In November 2006, Yahoo!
announced plans for integrating Yahoo! Messenger functionality with the New Yahoo! Mail
interface.[19] This service was deployed in March, 2007. Public and critical reaction to the new
product was positive,[20] although a number of users encountered speed issues. Each update to the
new Yahoo! Mail included significant speed improvements, and the new Yahoo! Mail team was
still focused on improving speed issues. For example, earlier versions featured a loading screen
every time you accessed mail. However, with various updates the new Yahoo! Mail appeared
immediately, without any loading screen. On August 26, 2007, the new Yahoo! Mail left beta.
The announcement was made on the Yahoo! Mail blog[21] by John Kremer, Vice President,
Yahoo! Mail and the major improvements related to intelligent shortcuts, SMS Messaging, and
improved search. The final version was released on October 9, 2007.


Some of the new or improved features included in the new Yahoo! Mail were:

      Yahoo! Calendar integration
      Yahoo! Messenger integration
      Windows Live Messenger integration
      SMS Messaging in certain countries
      Keyboard shortcuts
      Unlimited storage
      Improved search facilities
      Applications (Piknic, Flickr, Wordpress and more)

In addition, an Easter egg was added called a Subject-O-Matique. This hidden feature displays a
random message in the subject line when the subject button is clicked. The messages range from
cultural references ("I AM the walrus") to sarcastic ("If you don't tell lies, at least you don't have
to remember what you have said.") to unusual and outlandish ("the art of driving a giant, nuclear
powered duck"). On December 15, 2008, Yahoo! Mail introduced features to make it more

Yahoo! Mail (2011 release)
Screenshot of the current Yahoo! Mail.

The new version of Yahoo! Mail, codenamed "Minty", was first announced on September 16,
2010 on the Yahoo! Mail Blog.[24] It included a new interface, enhanced performance, improved
Facebook and Twitter integration, the ability to watch YouTube videos straight from your email,
improved search, and more.[25]

It is possible to switch back to the old version by disabling JavaScript in any browser and trying
to load Yahoo! Mail. With JavaScript disabled, there is an option to return to a previous version.

The first public beta began on October 26, 2010.[26] In May 2011, beta testing for the new
Yahoo! Mail stopped, and the new Yahoo! Mail became the default interface for Yahoo! Mail.[4]

As the new Yahoo! Mail became mandatory for users, a number of previously satisfied users of
Yahoo! Mail started to report slow typing speeds with the new Yahoo! Mail,[citation needed] running
contradictory to Yahoo!'s claims that the new Yahoo! Mail would perform "2x" faster. Yahoo!
offered no resolution to the problem as of September 12, 2011, and continued to advertise that
Yahoo! Mail "provides performance that is 2x faster than the previous versions of Yahoo! Mail"
and runs at "lightning speed."[citation needed] Further slowing down user productivity, users cannot
copy and paste email addresses from the sender box but must navigate to the Contacts tab and
search for a contact to be able to copy and paste an email address. This is because now recipient
email addresses convert to the name of the recipient highlighted inside a box, without an
immediate option for accessing the email address to copy and paste like in traditional email
clients.[citation needed] Although it is not mentioned, upgrading to the new version disables the use of
the secondary addresses provided in the previous version. Thus users will not receive emails sent
to a secondary address any more. The new interface overrides the browser's right mouse button
(e.g., making functions such as opening mails in new tab windows unavailable).[citation needed]

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